Updated, 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia says the personal attacks won’t stop him — he’s seeking re-election in 2013.
“This year has been a tough row to hoe,” the mayor said at about 6:15 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn, referring to discord at council meetings. “… I thought about saying, ‘maybe it’s time not to seek re-election, to battle and fight for Norwalk and leave it in shape without the rigors of a campaign.'”
Moccia was referring to the many non-binding resolutions presented by Democrats, who say they cannot get their issues considered in committee meetings, which have led to strife.
“There’s a part of me that says they’re trying to discourage you, keep you from having that ambition to make life better for the citizens,” he said. “They don’t raise issues, they raise personalities. I pave a street, I repress votes. I don’t have a right to privacy, I don’t have a right to an attorney. They know more than a police department chief, they know more than DPW, they know more than the law department and they know more than the mayor.”
Moccia continued, “I thought about saying, ‘maybe it’s time not to seek re-election, to battle and fight for Norwalk and leave it in shape without the rigors of a campaign.’ When I say fight, I don’t mean in the way they want to fight. I’m talking about fighting for your principals, your beliefs and what you’ve tried to accomplish over the last seven years. I thought about that long and hard. Then I thought, ‘no one goes through life, especially an elected official, unscathed.’ We all go through things. We cannot let people’s nasty words become our beliefs about ourselves. I choose to stand and fight, I will seek re-election.”
Moccia was interrupted by applause from fellow Republicans, before he continued, “It wasn’t an easy decision, a lot of discussions with family, our party leaders, elected officials, my wife obviously. But I thought it was the right thing to do.”
Correction made, 4:55 a.m.
Original story —
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia says the personal attacks won’t stop him, he’s seeking reelection in 2013.
Moccia is speaking at this moment at the Norwalk Inn, listing the many good things he says are going on in Norwalk – including the fact that Waypointe developers pulled permits for their development today.
“Compare us to cities, don’t compare us to Wilton and Westport,” he said,
Moccia said he continues to have a vision for the future of Norwalk and wants to lead Norwalk in 2014 and 2015.
This story will be updated.